More than 70 walkers of all ages and walks of life braved 90-degree temperatures and rising humidity to take part in the June 10th debut of WalkArlington’s Arlington Ridge-Aurora Highlands Walkabout, the 20th in our series of self-guided neighborhood Walkabout routes and the first of our limited edition Walk Friendly Community Walkabouts. The walking route was developed with the help of four Arlington Ridge-Aurora Highlands residents, who had nominated their neighborhood to be featured on a Walkabout as part of WalkArlington’s Walk Friendly Community Walkabout campaign, celebrating Arlington’s 2011 national designation as a Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community!
Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes joined these four residents (Linda Allen, Jeff Shaffer, Pam Van Hine and Andrea Walker) in leading Sunday’s two-hour Walkabout, which kicked off from Aurora Hills Community Center and covered two miles and seven stops, from historic sites and scenic overlooks to world-class shopping destinations and verdant parkland. Walkers were treated to stories and secrets of this vibrant, multi-faceted community from a variety of guest speakers, including representatives of Pacers Running Stores, Arlington Economic Development, the Arlington County Fire Department, and the Arlington Historical Society!
Along the route, walkers also had the opportunity to win prizes by answering trivia questions about the Arlington Ridge –Aurora highlands neighborhood. The Walkabout route ended at the 9-11 Memorial on the grounds of Fire Station #5 and in time for walkers to enjoy refreshments courtesy of Neighborhood Real Estate, located right in the neighborhood on Arlington Ridge Road!
If you missed Sunday’s Arlington Ridge –Aurora Highlands Walkabout, never fear! The Walkabout is designed to be self-guided, so just print out the route map online and head out to Arlington Ridge–Aurora Highlands for a pleasant and information-packed stroll, rain or shine!
WalkArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services within the Department of Environmental Services, gets "more people walking more of the time" by promoting the health, environmental, community-building, and commuting benefits of walking.